Ask Bacchus: Barefootin’

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A customer at the bar on Sunday for The Aloha Bears post-cruise luncheon noticed that another reveler was barefoot in the bar and asked if it were legal. It was a great question, so we did some research, here's what we found.

Before you read any further, we’d like to warn patrons that when they go barefoot at Bacchus they go at their own risk. Be advised that there may be dirt and debris from spilled drinks and food as well as splinters from the wooden planks. But, according to the,

you are legally allowed to go barefoot in public places and when driving, except for a few specific exceptions.

It gets passed around so much that these are assumed to be true, but except for a tiny asterisk:

• Going barefoot in public is illegal. (false)
• Driving without shoes on is against the law. (false)

No federal or state laws in the United States prohibit you from going barefoot to the grocery store, shopping at the mall, or eating out at your favorite restaurant. Those venues may have their own rules, but only a few specific public areas — including some boardwalks and government buildings — have regulations requiring footwear by law.

Contrary to popular belief, it is also perfectly legal to drive barefoot in all states of the U.S., all Canadian provinces, the United Kingdom and many other territories and countries. The asterisk: the only trivial state in the U.S. that requires shoes while driving is Alabama — and it's only for motorcycle riders.

So, while the risks of going shoeless in a dark bar and the risks of barefoot driving are debatable, the practice is not illegal. Please comply with posted signs and placards.

Our recommendation: Keep the shoes on, lose the shirt! Regardless, you'll get excellent service at Bacchus. Come on up and see us!